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Torah Portion

Isaac’s Story: How Do You Follow in a Visionary’s Footsteps?

By Rabbi Shoshanah Tornberg PARSHAT TOLDOT In our parshah this week, we continue the family story of the line of Abraham and Sarah. Here we encounter...

Welcome the Stranger Both Within and Outside Ourselves

BY RABBI SHEILA PELTZ WEINBERG PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH This week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, begins with the death and burial of our mother, Sarah. It...

Draw Closer to God by Tending to the Needs of Other People

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow PARSHAT VAYEIRA A basic theme in Judaism is that practical good deeds are more important than abstract spiritual enjoyment. Naomi Rosenblatt, psychotherapist...

From Your Father’s House: Jewish Men Today, 2017

BY RABBI SHAWN ISRAEL ZEVIT PARSHAT LECH LECHA Dedicated to the life and memory of groundbreaking thinker and writer on Jewish men’s issues, Harry Brod, Feb....

Noah’s Tale Symbolizes Promise Somewhere Over the Rainbow

By Rabbi George Stern  PARSHAT NOACH I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not, but I can’t help myself: I see vividly in the...

Experience the Wonders of Creation by Getting Outside

By RABBI LAWRENCE TROSTER PARSHAT BEREISHIT Lord, where shall I find You? High and hidden is Your place; And where shall I not find You? The world is full...

Sukkot Reminds Us of What We Find Most Valuable

By Rabbi Peter Rigler SUKKOT This week we move from the somber and serious tone of the High Holy Days to the sense of heightened joy...

Yom Kippur a Spiritual Workout for the Challenging Year Ahead of Us

BY RABBI GERALD R. FOX Yom Kippur You know the feeling. C’mon, you know what that moment is like when you become aware of what you’ve...

Ha’azinu: When Will We Ever Learn?

By Rabbi Mira Wasserman  Parshat Ha’azinu It has been almost five years since my father called to tell me he was eating a tuna sandwich for...

Stand Up and Step Forward: One Integrated, Spiritual Exercise

By Rabbi Robert S. Leib  Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech The two consecutive parshahs, Nitzavim and Vayelech, are m’chubar, often connected, as they are this year. We learn so...